square bulletSAMHSA’s Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach

This document provides a working concept of trauma and a trauma-informed approach applicable across an array of service systems and stakeholder groups. In this paper, SAMHSA puts forth a framework for the behavioral health specialty sectors that can be adapted to other sectors such as child welfare, education, criminal and juvenile justice, primary health care, the military and other settings that have the potential to ease or exacerbate an individual’s capacity to cope with traumatic experiences.

Source: Prepared by SAMHSA’s Trauma and Justice Strategic Initiative, July 2014